Peter Forsberg Decides to Retire from NHL

Updated: February 14, 2011 at 1:19 pm by Alexander Monaghan

So long Peter, the 2011 fantasy hockey season hardly knew you.

After just two games, approximately 35 minutes of ice time in North America and roughly two months of teasing the 37-year-old does not feel confident enough in his ability. Playing primarily with longtime line-mate Milan Hejduk and a kid who grew up idolizing him in Matt Duchene, the legendary Forsberg registered no points, three shots, four PIM, three hits and a minus-4 rating.

While watching the games it became somewhat apparent he had lost a step in his old age. After approximately 10+ surgeries on his foot, he lost enough step to feel incapable of keeping up. Seemingly this whole return looks more like a publicity stunt than helpful to the team– which seemed like the primary purpose with the plethora of injuries in Colorado.

Now that Forsberg vacates the top line, expect Chris Stewart to reenter the lineup and possibly play on the top line. With the expectations officially off of Forsberg’s back, the team will rely more on Stewart, Hejduk, Duchene and Paul Stastny.

Chris Stewart, Colorado Avalanche, Matt Duchene, Milan Hejduk, Peter Forsberg